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Dave Chappelle Quotes

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Dave Chappelle quotes

You can't get unfamous. You can get infamous but you can't get unfamous.

The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.

If I can make a teacher's salary doing comedy, I think that's better than being a teacher.

Every black American is bilingual. All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak 'job interview.'

I love being famous - it's phenomenal.

I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.

You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.

I don't normally talk about my religion publicly because I don't want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.

I'm cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally.

I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.

I love Ohio.

People don't know what it's like standing up there onstage, when you have a wall of people smiling at you.

I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.

My father told me 'Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.'

I got real important relationships in my life that are very empowering relationships.

I'm famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can't count on it.

Because I was surrounded by so much negativity at some point that it took me going back and doing stand-up to realize, you know, people really like me.

I just always loved stand-up. It's like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that... I don't know, it's just like magic.

I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed.

After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.